I wrote this article to help you remove .Happydayzz File Ransomware. This .Happydayzz File Ransomware removal guide works for all Windows versions.
.Happydayzz file ransomware is a variation of Globe 3 ransomware. The renegade developers have used the same source code to write a new build of the win-locker. The virus targets text documents, archives, databases, images, audios, videos, logs, and other file types. It will make your private files inaccessible. The cyber thieves will ask you to pay them a redemption fee to get your data back.
To sum things up, .Happydayzz file ransomware resorts to the same old tricks which Globe 3 and many other win-lockers have used in the past. The clandestine program will try to back you up against the wall. You should not accept defeat just because you have allowed the virus to get past your guard. Collaborating is the worst thing you can do. Not only does this encourage the criminals to continue their attacks, but it puts you at risk of losing more than you already have.
.Happydayzz file ransomware penetrates computers in a couple of ways. The propagation vector the win-locker uses most often is spam email campaigns. The secluded program gets hidden behind an attached file. It is up to the sender to convince the recipient that the message is legitimate. The most common trick in the book is to write on behalf of a reputable organization, like the national post, the local police department, a government branch, a bank, a shopping platform, or a courier firm. While this strategy can be convincing, it is also easy to see through. The spammer can use the name, logo, contacts, and templates of the corresponding entity. The one thing he cannot use is an official email account, since he cannot get access to it. This is what you need to look for. Spam emails come from fake accounts.
.Happydayzz file ransomware can get transferred to your system via a drive-by download. This is a seamless type of download which starts automatically upon entering a corrupted website. The entire process of downloading and installing the win-locker can be conducted on the background. You may not realize what is happening until it is too late to stop the virus. This is why you should select your sources with the utmost caution. Do your research on unfamiliar websites if you have doubts about their security.
Note that a compromised link can redirect you to an infected domain. The sources for redirect links vary from spam emails to chat messages. You should not load a URL address to your browser if it seems suspicious in any way. Hackers often penetrate series of user accounts and send links to the contacts of the victims. If you receive a link unexpectedly, you should contact the person whose account it was sent from through a different platform.
.Happydayzz file ransomware uses advanced technology to encrypt files. The win-locker appends a custom file extension to the names of the encrypted files. It contains the email address of the cyber criminals, a unique ID, and the .happydayzz suffix. The appendix is therefore individual for every infected device. It is generated using the following formula: [email@example.com].<45 hexadecimal characters>.happydayzz. After completing the encryption process, the rogue program drops a ransom note to explain the situation. The file is called How To Recover Encrypted Files.hta. The hackers have set the note to be opened automatically on system boot. It appears in the form of a pop-up window.
The message explains that an attack has occurred, targeting the files on the computer. The attackers claim that the only solution is to pay a ransom. The victim is instructed to contact the developers of .Happydayzz file ransomware for further details. The message does not list payment instructions. It does mention that the payment has to be made in bitcoins. This is the most common choice of cyber criminals, as it is the safest. Bitcoin trading platforms do not require users to enter personal details. Furthermore, they do not allow tracing the withdrawal to the user’s bank account. The proprietors of .Happydayzz file ransomware communicate with the program’s victims via email and Skype. Their email account is firstname.lastname@example.org and their Skype name is nsyaneksab.aked.
The hackers give people the option to send 2 files of their choice for free decryption. However, they must not contain valuable information and their total size has to be less than 5 megabytes. While this confirms that the hackers have created a functioning decryption key, it does not guarantee anything. They may not send you the key after all. Even if they do, you will still be at risk of having the covert program launch another attack. The only function of the decryption tool is to unlock files. It does not uninstall the win-locker. You should not depend on the cyber criminals. They have already swindled you once. The good news is that the custom decryption tool for Globe 3 ransomware also works for .Happydayzz file ransomware. Another possible solution is to restore your files through their shadow volume copies.
.Happydayzz File Ransomware Removal
Method 1: Restore your encrypted files using ShadowExplorer
Usually, .Happydayzz File Ransomware deletes all shadow copies, stored in your computer. Luckily, the ransomware is not always able to delete the shadow copies. So your first try should be restoring the original files from shadow copies.
- Download ShadowExplorer from this link: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html.
- Install ShadowExplorer
- Open ShadowExplorer and select C: drive on the left panel
- Choose at least a month ago date from the date field
- Navigate to the folder with encrypted files
- Right-click on the encrypted file
- Select “Export” and choose a destination for the original file
Method 2: Restore your encrypted files by using System Restore
- Go to Start –> All programs –> Accessories –> System tools –> System restore
- Click “Next“
- Choose a restore point, at least a month ago
- Click “Next“
- Choose Disk C: (should be selected by default)
- Click “Next“. Wait for a few minutes and the restore should be done.
Method 3: Restore your files using File Recovery Software
If none of the above method works, you should try to recover encrypted files by using File Recovery Software. Since .Happydayzz File Ransomware first makes a copy of the original file, then encrypts it and deletes the original one, you can successfully restore the original, using a File Recovery Software. Here are a few free File Recovery Software programs: